I’ve always seen Neapolitan spaghetti in anime and manga. I just never knew what it was. When I found the recipe in Kitchen Princess volume 7 during this month’s Manga Moveable Feast, I decided I had to make it to see what it was like. (I just had to make sure not to burn it like Aoba does frequently in Cross Game.)
Mmm, crunchy spaghetti!
- 6 oz. spaghetti
- 1 bell pepper (I bought green)
- 1 onion (I bought a small yellow one)
- 2 slices of bacon
- vegetable oil
- salt & pepper
- 3 TB ketchup
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Boil a pot of water and cook spaghetti according to package directions. Stir the pasta occasionally to prevent it from sticking together.
While the water is heating, prepare the other ingredients.
- Cut the onion in half lengthwise and cut into thin slices. (I made them really thin because I don’t like huge chunks of onion)
- Cut the bell pepper in half lengthwise, remove seeds, and core, and cut into strips.
- Chop bacon into small pieces (I cut them about 1/2″)
Once the water starts to boil and you’ve added the spaghetti, start cooking the sauce. Add bacon to frying pan (or wok) and heat. Cook the bacon for a little bit and then add a little bit of vegetable oil.
Add the onions and bell pepper. Add some salt and pepper.
Fry until the onion gets soft, then add the ketchup and Worcestershire sauce. Mix together well.
When the spaghetti is done, drain in a colander. Once drained, add to the frying pan and mix well.
Woo, better than Aoba’s! (not that that’s really hard to do)
This turned out to be much better than I was expecting. It tasted extremely comfort food-y. The bacon made it deliciously smoky, and the onions weren’t overpowering at all, and a little sweet from all the cooking. I’m not even a huge green pepper fan, and these were tasty. This wasn’t hard to do in the slightest, and I think I just found me a new staple dish. I may add mushrooms next time, because I do love mushrooms (I actually was going to, and totally spaced out), but I’m kind of afraid to mess with this; it was so good as is.
(recipe from Kitchen Princess, vol. 7, published by Viz Media)
And that’s it for MMF from me this month! Thank you very much for Otaku Champloo for hosting this; it was a ton of fun, and I’ll probably be posting more recipes here now from manga, just for fun. Maybe I’ll even be brave enough to risk destroying my old rice cooker and make Rice Cooker Bread from Yakitate!! Japan.